Edgar Lynn Oxford, 72, passed away April 20, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska after a long illness.
Ed was born January 15, 1948 in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Laurence and Marjorie Oxford.
Ed attended grade school at Myers School (Dist. 278), a mile east of where he grew up on the Devine Ranch, east of Pressey Park. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1966. He went to work for Sargent Irrigation right out of high school and worked there a few years before going to work for Gilbert Horn. While working for Gilbert, he met Vicki Arnold, and after a short courtship, they were married at the Burr Oak Church, July 22, 1972. To this union, 2 boys were born, Riley Jo and Cody Lynn. It was love at first sight for both of them. Ed married his best friend and lifelong companion. They never went anywhere without each other.
Ed and Vicki moved to Sargent in the summer of 1973 to work on the Rogers River Ranch west of Sargent. The family lived in the Sargent area until 2004, moving for a short time back closer to home in 1978. But Sargent had become our “home” and we missed it and moved back a year later. Ed worked several jobs throughout his life in Sargent, including Coop, Sargent Sale Barn, and City of Sargent. Ed found his true passion was entrepreneurship. He started and ran Ed’s Greenhouse, and then Little Log Company, and later Logs and More for many years. He and his helpers made thousands of birdhouses and sold them all over the United States and some out of the country. Ed created the original log birdhouse! He was proud of selling 1,000 log birdhouses on QVC in person on national T.V. in less than 8 minutes. As trends changed, Ed noticed it was the food vendors making the sales at the many craft shows we participated in, so he decided to turn our camper into our first food trailer, and Redneck Catering was born! We moved to Broken Bow in 2004 to be closer to his work. Ed ran Ed’s Redneck Catering until his health was getting worse two years ago. Because of his failing health, we moved to Kearney in February of this year.
Ed was a happy, upbeat, friendly guy. He loved people. He loved and was so proud of his boys and their families. He never felt sorry for himself and never blamed anybody for anything. Something he had to keep teaching his wife! Ed was very giving and would share anything he had or give it to you if you needed it. Ed had a relationship with God and was baptized April 21, 1984.
Ed is survived by his wife, Vicki and two sons, Riley (Melissa) of Comstock and Cody (Steffanie) of Sargent. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Rowdy, Shaylee, Rusty, and Tristian. He is also survived by his brother Paul (Earla) of Burwell, sister Ferrall (Gary) of Grand Island, and brother Clayton of Oconto. Also, brother-in-law Garey Arnold from Kearney and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rodger and Twila Nichols of Sumner.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Laurence and Marjorie Oxford and in-laws, Jerk and Jean Arnold. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Dean and Rollie Jay.
A private graveside memorial service and burial will be Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:00 at the Broken Bow Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. A register book can be signed Friday, April 24, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary or an online guest book can be signed at www.govierbrothers.com A recording of the graveside service will be available to watch at www.govierbrothers.com
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